<![CDATA[MMA RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Bruna Ellen vs. Veta Arteaga Bellator 182 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 8/25/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2017/08/25/bruna-ellen-vs-veta-arteaga-bellator-182-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Bruna Ellen and Veta Arteaga fight Friday in Bellator 182 at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino. 

Bruna Ellen enters this fight with a 3-1 record and has won 67 percent of her fights by decision. Ellen has split last two fights is coming off a January win over Carmela James. Ellen is 1-1 in Bellator and has a really promising future considering she just turned 21 years old. Ellen is a scrappy grappler who relies on takedowns and fighting on the canvas where she’s shown an impressive ground and pound and ability to gain position. Ellen isn’t the most polished fighter…

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Bruna Ellen and Veta Arteaga fight Friday in Bellator 182 at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino. 

Bruna Ellen enters this fight with a 3-1 record and has won 67 percent of her fights by decision. Ellen has split last two fights is coming off a January win over Carmela James. Ellen is 1-1 in Bellator and has a really promising future considering she just turned 21 years old. Ellen is a scrappy grappler who relies on takedowns and fighting on the canvas where she’s shown an impressive ground and pound and ability to gain position. Ellen isn’t the most polished fighter when standing up, but she counters well and has good head movement on the defensive end. Ellen is still very raw in a lot of areas, but that will improve with more experience, and she has to like her chances if she can execute takedowns and get the fight where she wants it. This will be Ellen’s first fight in New York. 

Veta Arteaga enters this fight with a 3-1 record and has won 67 percent of her fights by decision. Arteaga has split her last two fights is coming off a Febuary win over Brooke Mayo. Arteaga is 2-1 in Bellator and has far less upside than her opponent considering she’ll turn 30 years old at the end of the year. Arteaga is a brawler who relies on her powerful striking game to pressure her opponent and did produce a doctor stoppage the last time we saw her. Arteaga throws a ton of strikes throughout her fights and is downright deadly if any land cleanly. Arteaga is a tough fighter with a proven chin and is going to force her opponent to beat her considering she’s always going to be the aggressor. Of course, Arteaga’s only loss was a split decision against Anastasia Yankova. This will be Arteaga’s first fight in New York. 

This is a nice fight between an exciting and powerful fighter in Arteaga, and a promising youngster with a raw ground game in Ellen. This fight will certainly give us a better idea of just how good the 21-year-old can be. But in terms of picking a winner, I have to side with Arteaga. She has a massive edge standing up and her power is going to make it tough for Ellen to counter and get comfortable. I’m just not sure Ellen is ready for this type of slugfest that’s coming at this stage of her career.

I like Arteaga to win this fight.

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Tue, 25 Jul 2017 20:10:32 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=90153
<![CDATA[A.J. McKee vs. Blair Tugman Bellator 182 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 8/25/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2017/08/25/aj-mckee-vs-blair-tugman-bellator-182-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments A.J. McKee and Blair Tugman fight Friday in Bellator 182 at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino. 

A.J. McKee enters this fight with a 8-0 record and has won 50 percent of his fights by knockout. This will be McKee’s sixth fight since 2016 is coming off a April win over Dominic Mazzotta. McKee is quickly climbing the rankings at 22 years old and will fight for the third time this year. McKee is an elite athlete who is tough to contain due to his movement, speed and strength. McKee can produce a knockout at any moment with a variety of attacks, but he can also produce…

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A.J. McKee and Blair Tugman fight Friday in Bellator 182 at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino. 

A.J. McKee enters this fight with a 8-0 record and has won 50 percent of his fights by knockout. This will be McKee’s sixth fight since 2016 is coming off a April win over Dominic Mazzotta. McKee is quickly climbing the rankings at 22 years old and will fight for the third time this year. McKee is an elite athlete who is tough to contain due to his movement, speed and strength. McKee can produce a knockout at any moment with a variety of attacks, but he can also produce violent takedowns and get out of trouble on the canvas due to his craftiness. McKee is the complete package for such a young fighter and is only going to get better with more experience, which is scary for the rest of the competition regardless of where he ends up. This will be McKee’s first fight in New York.

Blair Tugman enters this fight with a 10-6 record and has won 60 percent of his fights by decision. Tugman has won five of his last six fights is coming off a April win over Tom English. Tugman is experiencing the best stretch of his MMA career and has a chance at possibly the biggest victory yet. Tugman truly has just one fighting style, as he’s a takedown artist who wants to clinch and wrestle his way to victory. Tugman has a very limited striking game and needs to get his opponent on the canvas in order to be successful. Not one of Tugman’s 16 fights have ended in knockout, and he’s been on the winning side in six of his 10 decisions. This will be Tugman’s first fight in New York. 

Tugman has the ability to wear down an energetic and athletic fighter like McKee if he can clinch and produce a few takedowns, making it a lot easier to win in the later rounds. The problem is McKee is too balanced to allow Tugman to get this fight where he wants it and has the creative defense to maneuver his way out of trouble if need be. I’m just not sure Tugman can keep up with McKee and do enough needed to win this fight.

I like McKee’s chances to win this fight.

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Tue, 25 Jul 2017 18:26:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=90147
<![CDATA[Brennan Ward vs. Fernando Gonzalez Bellator 182 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 8/25/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2017/08/25/brennan-ward-vs-fernando-gonzalez-bellator-182-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Brennan Ward and Fernando Gonzalez fight Friday in Bellator 182 at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino. 

Brennan Ward enters this fight with a 14-5 record and has won 64 percent of his fights by knockout. Ward has won five of his last seven fights is coming off a January loss to Paul Daley. Ward is coming off a nasty knockout loss and hopes to avoid back-to-back losses for the second time in his career. Ward is a balanced fighter who has a deep wrestling background and four submission victories, but he’s also a polished striker with knockout power and has a viscous ground…

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Brennan Ward and Fernando Gonzalez fight Friday in Bellator 182 at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino. 

Brennan Ward enters this fight with a 14-5 record and has won 64 percent of his fights by knockout. Ward has won five of his last seven fights is coming off a January loss to Paul Daley. Ward is coming off a nasty knockout loss and hopes to avoid back-to-back losses for the second time in his career. Ward is a balanced fighter who has a deep wrestling background and four submission victories, but he’s also a polished striker with knockout power and has a viscous ground and pound attack. Ward is very tough to stop if he can execute his takedowns, as he has the power strikes and the wrestling attack to finish a fight however he likes. Of course, the other side of the coin is that Ward  has been submitted three times in his own right and has been finished five times overall. This will be Ward’s first fight in New York.

Fernando Gonzalez enters this fight with a 26-14 record and has won 38 percent of his fights by decision. Gonzalez has won six of his last seven fights is coming off a March win over Brandon Girtz. Gonzalez is enjoying some of his most consistent success, as his only recent loss was a tight contest against Michael Page. Gonzalez has a little bit of everything to his game, as he has a boxing and kickboxing background while also showing he’s a capable wrestler and grappler who has seven career submission victories. Gonzalez is a smart fighter who doesn’t often play into his opponents hand, and he’s at his best standing up where he can rely on his strikes and clinching. Gonzalez has been submitted five times and five of his last seven fights have ended in decision. This will be Gonzalez’s first fight in New York.

This is a dangerous fight for Gonzalez not only because Ward is a polished wrestler and will have a considerable advantage on the canvas, but because he’s altos inches bigger with a seven inch reach advantage. We saw Gonzalez struggle with the length of Page in his most recent loss, and that was without him looking for a takedown. This is a fight Ward should be able to control from the beginning and either force a stoppage or wear down Gonzalez over time and get the decision victory.

I like Ward to win this fight.

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Tue, 25 Jul 2017 17:12:35 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=90141
<![CDATA[Andrey Koreshkov vs. Chidi Njokuani Bellator 182 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 8/25/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2017/08/25/andrey-koreshkov-vs-chidi-njokuani-bellator-182-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Andrey Koreshkov and Chidi Njokuani fight Friday in Bellator 182 at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino. 

Andrey Koreshkov enters this fight with a 19-2 record and has won 53 percent of his fights by no knockout. Koreshkov has won six of his last seven fights is coming off a November loss to Douglas Lima. Koreshkov hopes to redeem himself after losing the Bellator Welterweight Championship and hopes to avoid back-to-back losses for the first time in his career. There’s really no surprises with Koreshkov’s game, as he’s an athletic freak who relies on his quickness and…

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Andrey Koreshkov and Chidi Njokuani fight Friday in Bellator 182 at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino. 

Andrey Koreshkov enters this fight with a 19-2 record and has won 53 percent of his fights by no knockout. Koreshkov has won six of his last seven fights is coming off a November loss to Douglas Lima. Koreshkov hopes to redeem himself after losing the Bellator Welterweight Championship and hopes to avoid back-to-back losses for the first time in his career. There’s really no surprises with Koreshkov’s game, as he’s an athletic freak who relies on his quickness and striking ability. Koreshkov uses his legs well and has power in both hands that make him effective standing up or with his ground and pound. Koreshkov pounces quickly when he knocks his opponent to the canvas, but his last three victories have come by decision. We’ve also seen Koreshkov get knocked out twice the last few years, so while scary in the octagon, he’s not unbeatable. This will be Koreshkov’s first fight in New York. 

Chidi Njokuani enters this fight with a 17-4-1 record and has won 59 percent of his fights by knockout. Njokuani has won his last seven fights and is coming off a January win over Melvin Guillard. Njokuani hasn’t lost a fight since his 2013 bout with Jeremy Kimball and will fight for the third time since December. Njokuani relies on his athleticism and kickboxing background, as he’s always chopping down the legs of his opponent and has produced four knockouts with either his knees or legs. Njokuani holds his own with punching as well, but he’s always trying to sneak in his leg kicks and can really wear down his opponent with the constant shots down low. Njokuani is also 6-0 in his career in decisions, so history suggests he has to be finished if he’s going to lose. This will be Njokuani’s first fight in New York. 

This is going to be a fun fight between two athletic guys who have similar styles in that they’re better off standing up and unleashing their striking attack. Also, neither of these guys has lost a decision. Koreshkov wants to pressure his opponent and go for the quick knockout, while Njokuani is a surgeon who wears guys down over time with constant kicks. The length of Njokuani could play a huge role here, but I give the edge to Koreshkov because he is the more versatile fighter with a more powerful striking attack and would have the advantage on the canvas. Njokuani will also likely struggle with the pressure and aggressiveness of Koreshkov.

Give me Koreshkov to win this fight.

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Tue, 25 Jul 2017 15:46:05 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=90138
<![CDATA[Jose Alberto Quinonez vs. Diego Rivas UFC Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 8/5/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2017/08/05/jose-alberto-quinonez-vs-diego-rivas-ufc-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Jose Alberto Quinonez and Diego Rivas fight Saturday during UFC Fight Night 114 at the Arena Ciudad de Mexico.

Jose Alberto Quinonez enters this fight with a 6-2 record and has won 50 percent of his fights by decision. Quinonez has split last six fights and is coming off a September win over Joey Gomez. Quinonez is averaging 2.95 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 39.1 percent. Quinonez is averaging 4.15 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 69.2 percent. Quinonez is coming off back-to-back victories, but he’s fighting for just the second…

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Jose Alberto Quinonez and Diego Rivas fight Saturday during UFC Fight Night 114 at the Arena Ciudad de Mexico.

Jose Alberto Quinonez enters this fight with a 6-2 record and has won 50 percent of his fights by decision. Quinonez has split last six fights and is coming off a September win over Joey Gomez. Quinonez is averaging 2.95 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 39.1 percent. Quinonez is averaging 4.15 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 69.2 percent. Quinonez is coming off back-to-back victories, but he’s fighting for just the second time in over two years. Quinonez is most known for his striking ability, but he’s been a takedown machine in his three UFC fights and has shown he can hold his own on the canvas that includes a submission win over Leonardo Morales. El Teco is all of a sudden showing more variety to his game and will be tough to deal with if he keeps getting those takedowns. This will be Quinonez’s sixth fight in Mexico, his birthplace.  

Diego Rivas enters this fight with a 7-0 record and has won 43 percent of his fights by knockout. This will be Rivas’ second fight since 2016 and is coming off a February (2016) win over Noad Lahat. Rivas is averaging 0.98 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 40.8 percent. Rivas is averaging 2.21 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 75 percent. Rivas will fight for the second time in nearly three years and is coming off a bout in which he landed a flying knee and earned performance of the night honors. Of course, Rivas had a short battle with cancer, which explains his absence from the sport. Rivas is known for his striking power and has two knockout victories, but he’s also an aggressive takedown artist who has three in two UFC fights and has produced three submission victories. Rivas showed in his last fight that he’s able to overcome trouble on the canvas and can get the fight back to where he wants it. This will be Rivas’ first fight in Mexico. 

This is a tough fight to pick when you consider Rivas is fresh off his battle with cancer after doctors told him he only had a month to live due to the aggressiveness of the disease. Who knows how much rust there is and how his body even looks, as treatment is brutal and can severely impact an athlete. When both in top form, both of these guys have similar fighting styles, but Rivas is obviously the more polished fighter with far more upside. But the unknowns make it tough to pick him.

Either way, I’m picking Rivas in this fight. I don’t think he would have accepted it if he didn’t think he was ready for a return and after overcoming the odds already, you know he wants to make the most of it.

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Thu, 20 Jul 2017 01:41:56 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=89808
<![CDATA[Alejandro Perez vs. Andre Soukhamthath UFC Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 8/5/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2017/08/05/alejandro-perez-vs-andre-soukhamthath-ufc-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Alejandro Perez and Andre Soukhamthath fight Saturday during UFC Fight Night 114 at the Arena Ciudad de Mexico.

Alejandro Perez enters this fight with a 18-6-1 record and has won 44 percent of his fights by knockout. Perez has won seven of his last 10 fights and is coming off a September draw to Albert Morales. Perez is averaging 4.24 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 40.7 percent. Perez is averaging 0.68 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 33.3 percent. Perez has looked sharp since his loss to Patrick Williams and would have won his…

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Alejandro Perez and Andre Soukhamthath fight Saturday during UFC Fight Night 114 at the Arena Ciudad de Mexico.

Alejandro Perez enters this fight with a 18-6-1 record and has won 44 percent of his fights by knockout. Perez has won seven of his last 10 fights and is coming off a September draw to Albert Morales. Perez is averaging 4.24 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 40.7 percent. Perez is averaging 0.68 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 33.3 percent. Perez has looked sharp since his loss to Patrick Williams and would have won his last fight if he wasn’t deducted a point due to a late hit. There’s no many surprises with Perez, as he’s a standup striker at heart who relies on his boxing skills and head movement. Perez has proven he’s more than willing to trade strikes in the middle of the octagon, but he can also hold his own of the ground of need be and has three victories via the rear-naked choke. Perez has fought most of his career in Mexico, his birthplace. 

Andre Soukhamthath enters this fight with a 11-4 record and has won 64 percent of his fights by knockout. Soukhamthath has won seven of his last 10 fights and is coming off a March loss to Albert Morales. Soukhamthath is averaging 3.07 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 39.6 percent. Soukhamthath is averaging zero takedowns with an accuracy percentage of zero percent. Soukhamthath is coming off a split decision loss in his UFC debut and hopes to avoid back-to-back losses for the first time in his career. Soukhamthath is a lengthy fighter with good athleticism, and he displays good striking ability that includes impressive ground and pound. Soukhamthath has a lot of the raw tools to be a really solid fighter on this stage because of his power and variety of strikes in his toolbox. Soukhamthath has won his last three fights by knockout and has finished his last six opponents overall. This will be Soukhamthath’s first fight outside of the United States.

This could end up being one of the better fights on the card because of Perez’s boxing ability and Soukhamthath’s all around striking. Neither one of these guys are that interested in takedowns and wrestling. However, I’m a big fan of Soukhamthath because of his variety, as he can knockout his opponent standing up, in the clinch or on the canvas. He’s a fighter to keep an eye on moving forward and I give him the edge against the smaller Perez even with this fight taking place on his homeland. 

Soukhamthath gets his first UFC victory.

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Wed, 19 Jul 2017 15:28:10 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=89769
<![CDATA[Dustin Ortiz vs. Hector Sandoval UFC Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 8/5/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2017/08/05/dustin-ortiz-vs-hector-sandoval-ufc-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Dustin Ortiz and Hector Sandoval fight Saturday during UFC Fight Night 114 at the Arena Ciudad de Mexico.

Dustin Ortiz enters this fight with a 16-7 record and has won 44 percent of his fights by knockout. Ortiz has split his last 10 fights and is coming off a April loss to Brandon Moreno. Ortiz is averaging 2.93 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 44.3 percent. Ortiz is averaging 2.67 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 32.4 percent. Ortiz has had trouble with consistency since joining the UFC in 2013, but he’s lost back-to-back fights…

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Dustin Ortiz and Hector Sandoval fight Saturday during UFC Fight Night 114 at the Arena Ciudad de Mexico.

Dustin Ortiz enters this fight with a 16-7 record and has won 44 percent of his fights by knockout. Ortiz has split his last 10 fights and is coming off a April loss to Brandon Moreno. Ortiz is averaging 2.93 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 44.3 percent. Ortiz is averaging 2.67 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 32.4 percent. Ortiz has had trouble with consistency since joining the UFC in 2013, but he’s lost back-to-back fights just once in his career. Ortiz has knockout potential and has shown he’s more than capable of controlling a fight on the canvas with his aggressive takedowns, but seven of his last nine fights have ended in decision. Ortiz likes to control the pace of a fight and has to be more aggressive offensively in order to avoid these tight fights that go to the judges. This will be Ortiz’s first fight in Mexico. 

Hector Sandoval enters this fight with a 14-3 record and has won 57 percent of his fights by decision. Sandoval has won six of his last seven fights and is coming off a April win over Matt Schnell. Sandoval is averaging 3.3 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 53.8 percent. Sandoval is averaging 3.54 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 25 percent. Sandoval is 2-1 in the UFC and will fight for the fourth time since last July. Sandoval has been sharp in his three fights on this level, as he’s displayed great striking accuracy while producing five takedowns in a short sample size. Sandoval has proven to be a balanced fighter and has the stamina to outlast his opponent considering he’s an impressive 10-0 in his career when a fight goes past the first round. This will be Sandoval’s first fight in Mexico, his birthplace. 

Ortiz has the striking power to make this fight interesting and could win if he goes back to dictating the pace and making his opponent uncomfortable. The problem is we’re not sure what to expect from Ortiz, as he’s been so hit or miss over his last 10 fights. Sandoval has been solid in his last two bouts with good takedown ability and striking, and you know he’s eager for this fight considering it’s his first in front of his home of Mexico.

I give the edge to Sandoval based on his form.

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Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:47:59 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=89766
<![CDATA[Sam Alvey vs. Rashad Evans UFC Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 8/5/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2017/08/05/sam-alvey-vs-rashad-evans-ufc-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Sam Alvey and Rashad Evans fight Saturday during UFC Fight Night 114 at the Arena Ciudad de Mexico.

Sam Alvey enters this fight with a 30-9 record and has won 60 percent of his fights by knockout. Alvey has won seven of his last 10 fights and is coming off a April loss to Thales Leites. Alvey is averaging 3.32 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 46.5 percent. Alvey is averaging zero takedowns with an accuracy percentage of zero percent. Alvey will fight for the third time this year and hopes to avoid back-to-back losses for the second time.…

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Sam Alvey and Rashad Evans fight Saturday during UFC Fight Night 114 at the Arena Ciudad de Mexico.

Sam Alvey enters this fight with a 30-9 record and has won 60 percent of his fights by knockout. Alvey has won seven of his last 10 fights and is coming off a April loss to Thales Leites. Alvey is averaging 3.32 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 46.5 percent. Alvey is averaging zero takedowns with an accuracy percentage of zero percent. Alvey will fight for the third time this year and hopes to avoid back-to-back losses for the second time. Alvey is a well conditioned fighter who has seen 16 of his fights end in decision, and he has a strong wrestling background despite scoring no takedowns on the UFC level. Alvey is also a polished striker who has countless wins via punches and has one punch knockout potential. Alvey is simply a balanced fighter who has been finished just twice in nine losses. This will be Alvey’s third fight in Mexico. 

Rashad Evans enters this fight with a 24-6-1 record and has won 42 percent of his fights by decision. Evans has lost five of his last seven fights and is coming off a March loss to Daniel Kelly. Evans is averaging 2.19 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 37.8 percent. Evans is averaging 3.04 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 46.2 percent. Evans is clearly on the downside of his career as he’s approaching 38 years old, he’s battled injuries and a recent change in weightclass. Of course, when in good form, Evans is an excellent takedown artist with a deep wrestling background and is the type of fighter who just wears on you. Evans also has good striking power and an effective ground and pound. Unfortunately, we haven’t seen Evans win a fight in nearly four years. This will be Evans’ second fight outside of the United States. 

Alley does pretty much everything Evans does well, he’s just younger and more consistent at this point of their careers. He’s more than capable of holding his own on the canvas with Evans and is the more powerful striker regardless of the form Suga is in. While it would be nice to see Evans win and stop this losing drought, it’s tough to pick him or make a strong case given his recent results.

I have Alvey winning this fight.

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Mon, 17 Jul 2017 17:37:46 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=89625
<![CDATA[Alan Jouban vs. Niko Price UFC Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 8/5/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2017/08/05/alan-jouban-vs-niko-price-ufc-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Alan Jouban and Niko Price fight Saturday during UFC Fight Night 114 at the Arena Ciudad de Mexico.

Alan Jouban enters this fight with a 15-5 record and has won 67 percent of his fights by knockout. Jouban has won five of his last seven fights and is coming off a March loss to Gunnar Nelson. Jouban is averaging five significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 52.6 percent. Jouban is averaging 0.58 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 50 percent. Jouban will fight for the third time since December and hopes to avoid back-to-back losses for the…

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Alan Jouban and Niko Price fight Saturday during UFC Fight Night 114 at the Arena Ciudad de Mexico.

Alan Jouban enters this fight with a 15-5 record and has won 67 percent of his fights by knockout. Jouban has won five of his last seven fights and is coming off a March loss to Gunnar Nelson. Jouban is averaging five significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 52.6 percent. Jouban is averaging 0.58 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 50 percent. Jouban will fight for the third time since December and hopes to avoid back-to-back losses for the first time in his career. Jouban is still an explosive athlete even at 35 years old, and he delivers accurate and powerful strikes with one-punch knockout potential. Jouban has won seven of his last 11 fights by knockout and usually has the advantage when the fight is standing up. The downside is Jouban has been taken down four times in his last four fights. This will be Jouban’s first fight in Mexico. 

Niko Price enters this fight with a 10-0 record and has won 60 percent of his fights by knockout. This will be Price’s fifth fight since 2016 and is coming off a February win over Alex Morono. Price is averaging two significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 21.8 percent. Price is averaging 1.03 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 20 percent. Price is now 2-0 in UFC even though his last fight was ruled a no contest after he tested positive for weed. Price has finished nine of his 10 opponents, as Willie Hosch is the only fighter to take him to a decision. Price has clear knockout power and has seen the second or third round just three times in 10 fights. Price also has a strong chin and has decent takedown ability. This will be Price’s first fight outside of the United States.

This is a nice test for Price, who is just starting to get his feet wet in terms of better competition and fighting out of his comfort zone in South Florida. With both guys being far more effective standing up, hopefully this turns into a striking battle with somebody tasting the canvas at some point. And while Price is undefeated and has the longer reach, I’m giving the more experienced and powerful striker Jouban the edge. Jouban is more powerful, more accurate and has more variety when you throw in his leg kicks.

Price could have trouble keeping up with Jouban’s aggressiveness, leading to his first loss of his career.

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Mon, 17 Jul 2017 13:49:16 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=89622
<![CDATA[Brad Scott vs. Jack Hermansson UFC Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 8/5/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2017/08/05/brad-scott-vs-jack-hermansson-ufc-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Brad Scott and Jack Hermansson fight Saturday during UFC Fight Night 114 at the Arena Ciudad de Mexico.

Brad Scott enters this fight with a 12-4 record and has won 42 percent of his fights by knockout. Scott has split his last six fights and is coming off a March win over Scott Askham. Scott is averaging 3.63 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 42.8 percent. Scott is averaging 0.4 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 15.3 percent. Scott has been hit or miss over the years and looks for back-to-back wins for the first time since 2011-12.…

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Brad Scott and Jack Hermansson fight Saturday during UFC Fight Night 114 at the Arena Ciudad de Mexico.

Brad Scott enters this fight with a 12-4 record and has won 42 percent of his fights by knockout. Scott has split his last six fights and is coming off a March win over Scott Askham. Scott is averaging 3.63 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 42.8 percent. Scott is averaging 0.4 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 15.3 percent. Scott has been hit or miss over the years and looks for back-to-back wins for the first time since 2011-12. Scott has a powerful striking game that’s produced five knockouts, and he’s coming off a fight in which he produced 72 significant strikes, but he doesn’t have a knockout win his his 2012 bout with Mok Rahman. Scott also has an underrated ground game due to his lack of aggressiveness with his takedowns, but he does have three victories by the rear-naked choke. Scott is a balanced fighter with a knack for finishing fights. This will be Scott’s first fight in Mexico.

Jack Hermansson enters this fight with a 15-3 record and has won 60 percent of his fights by knockout. Hermansson has won 10 of his last 11 fights and is coming off a May win over Alex Nicholson. Hermansson is averaging 5.17 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 53.4 percent. Hermansson is averaging 1.24 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 28.5 percent. Hermansson bounced back quickly from his loss to Cezar Ferreira and will fight for the fourth time since September. Hermansson is a lengthy striker with great boxing skills and one-punch knockout potential, and he’s just as effective with his ground and pound as he is standing up. Hermansson has produced knockouts in three of his last four victories and often forces his opponent to fight his fight due to a 75 percent takedown defense. Of course, the concern is Hermansson has been submitted twice in three losses. This will be Hermansson’s first fight in Mexico.

This will be a good fight between two balanced fighters who can hold their own standing up or on the canvas, but it’s Hermansson who is the better offensive fighter. Hermansson is the more accurate striker, has longer arms and legs, and he’s highly effective with his ground and pound if this fight ends up going to the canvas. While Scott has never been knocked out in his career, this is a dangerous fight for him if he’s not able to turn this into a grappling, wrestling contest. 

I like Hermansson to get the job done here.

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Mon, 17 Jul 2017 12:12:42 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=89619